Is Internet Marketing a Career or Hobby

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I wanted to get everyone's opinion and stories on whether Internet Marketing is a Career or Hobby for you? Can you seriously make a living off of Internet Marketing? And if so which would be your tried and true path to become wealthy?
  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    The term doesn't mean anything other than marketing on the Internet.


    IM is done in a whole different manner of ways by many different types of people who have different approaches, commitments and goals.



    Marketing on the Internet for example could be a mere part of someone's service orientated business. Another person in contrast, in affiliate marketing promoting ebooks or memerships, the marketing might be 99% of the job.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    Originally Posted by coctien12 View Post

    I wanted to get everyone's opinion and stories on whether Internet Marketing is a Career or Hobby for you? Can you seriously make a living off of Internet Marketing? And if so which would be your tried and true path to become wealthy?

    This is the Off Topic forum, so our opinions, at least mine, are like aholes.. everyone has one. Though some may have more than one.


    Personally, I have never tried to make a living with my mine.


    Internet marketing has not made me wealthy albeit I have not tried to make myself wealthy with it. I make a living with it whereas it pays the bills.


    You have to have a plan B when things get tough. Me, I sneak into my wife's purse and hit up the church offering plate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamel Hassell
    I treat internet marketing the way I would treat another business. You have to invest time energy and resources to it .Yes you can make a living out of it but it takes time to build a sustainable brand.Yes many people do it as a hobby and make money. So it all depends on the persons goals and out look.
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    • Profile picture of the author TonyPhelps
      Absolutely totally agree I've had various stabs at it, failed several times but it comes back to mindset and hard work - whatever anyone says it takes time, comittment and some money
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      • Profile picture of the author aphroditebeaute
        So true!!! I recently launched a new business, but didn't realize the many costs behind. Not to mention, the time and effort to make it a success.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillBlue
      Hi Jamel. I like your attitude concerning investing time energy and other resources to make it work including connecting with the right people and possibly a genuine mentor. I am open to connecting!

      Hi Tony. my name is Will, I agree with you positive mindset is needed in this industry, hard work is a must, setting a couple of hours each day, commitment, consistent and Money, I will also add a genuine mentor who has been there,

      Hi Daniel. My name is Will, Internet marketing is productive and an income generating tools, when maximise you will build a very successful Business and help others earn money and live the lifestyle they want for them self and their family.

      Hi Shahabuddiin010119722. My name is Will. I agree with your internet marketing a job for many of us, so it can be difficult to understand if some people say it is a hobby, however checking the word Hobby this is the definition:
      `an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure`
      "Her hobbies are reading and gardening" for me the internet Business helps me generate income and enable me to help others earn money so they can live the lifestyle they want for themselves and family. nice sharing with you!

      Hi spartan14. I agree with you having a big dream is necessary, because without a dream there is no destination and Napoleon Hill said `whatever the Mind can dream and believe it can achieve`, so keep your dream alive by writing it down, look at it when you wake in the morning and before you sleep at night and in addition most jobs in this 21st century is online work anyway including those who work at the offices. please do not hesitate to ask me questions if you need any help.

      Hi Ryan Biddulph. My name is Will.
      what do you do for a living?
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    • Profile picture of the author amansharma1
      Yes, I also do agree with you. Internet Marketing also needs the same time and resources.
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    • Profile picture of the author YDM307
      Definitely would sign for this.

      For me it is hobby - which I treat like a real job to make it become a real job...
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by coctien12 View Post

    I wanted to get everyone's opinion and stories on whether Internet Marketing is a Career or Hobby for you? Can you seriously make a living off of Internet Marketing? And if so which would be your tried and true path to become wealthy?
    Tried IM for a good 10 years, and sure you can make a lot from it, but in my case not without an other 10 good years of ward work.

    Online stockmarket trading has more potential and less barriers, than most other options.

    Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

    This is the Off Topic forum, so our opinions, at least mine, are like aholes.. everyone has one. Though some may have more than one.

    Personally, I have never tried to make a living with my mine.

    Internet marketing has not made me wealthy albeit I have not tried to make myself wealthy with it. I make a living with it whereas it pays the bills.

    You have to have a plan B when things get tough. Me, I sneak into my wife's purse and hit up the church offering plate.
    I knew that Big Frank was around.

    Offering plate, small potatoes, tip jars with paper money is where the cash is, lol.

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  • Internet marketing is my job. I am earning from the internet marketing. Besides, I do not understand how internet marketing is a hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Well for many people its a hobby bacause they treat it like a hobby .For me personal o have big dreams and with IM i have a chance to make it come true .So i plan to treat this like a real job evern if i have an ofline job
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    IM is what you make of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    The problem with the question here.. is what do you the OP define as internet marketing .

    When people use the term on this forum .. i tend to believe they are restricting it to Information marketing exclusively using the internet.. or some type of consulting doing the internet part of the marketing for other businesses ..

    hey there are people building wealth using the internet and digital marketing to sell printed coffee cups and tee shirts.. or a wide range of products ..they put in a box and ship ..or putting how to videos on you tube..or in many different ways ..

    so yes you can builld a business or career using the internet to market products to people ..
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    • Profile picture of the author WillBlue
      Hi Odahh. My name is Will, I agree with you, anyone who is willing and determines can use the internet to build his own business, career, promoting other people's product or services, and more importantly creating a Hud where people can come and get solid advise regarding products, business startup and services. I am open to sharing more ideas with you.

      Hi Kay King. How are you?
      My name is will, I like what you said about the question ``that it would not matter if anyone told the individual what works for them``, that the individual involved should list their skills and interest, using the forum to learn, research on IM, choose relevant niches put in the needed work in order to reap the reward. I will like to add that just as football, basketball and any other game there is skillset and rules the player has to learn and use in other to succeed, so is this internet Business, so I agree with you. There are proven Blueprint skills to help anyone to achieve and earn money on the internet/through a mentor. Thank you for your time and do not hesitate to drop me a message anytime.

      Hi Suraj Ukarde. my name is Will.
      What do you do for a living?

      Hi, Hindigemshtc my name is Will.
      I agree with you he can start with a hobby and when the money is coming, he can take it to another level by creating a career out of it.


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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Come on, folks...


    which would be your tried and true path to become wealthy
    THAT is the question - the rest is 'lead in fluff'.


    It wouldn't matter if everyone told you what works for them - doesn't mean it will work for you.


    Make a list of your own skills and interests - read this forum and use forum search to find threads about choosing a niche and the various types of IM that people here do....choose something and get started.


    Forget about 'wealthy' - make your first goal learning to do what you've chosen...and to do it well. Focus on earning enough to pay expenses, to buy ads, etc.... Wealth is at the top of the hill - the climb is up to you.


    "Wealth' was never my goal. I've paid for cars and mortgage and a decent lifestyle....but my GOAL was to work less and live more.
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    • Profile picture of the author Odahh
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post


      It wouldn't matter if everyone told you what works for them - doesn't mean it will work for you.


      Forget about 'wealthy' -

      "Wealth' was never my goal. I've paid for cars and mortgage and a decent lifestyle....but my GOAL was to work less and live more.
      Love it .

      this might be silly.. but one thing i have really started to ask is what the hell does someone really mean when they use a word .. or do they even really know what it means ..

      wealth or wealthy is one of those words people use . but i really thing the majority of people have a fuzzy idea on what it is .. or restrict it to purely financial concepts .

      you can go out to a nice restaurant with family and spend a few hundred dollars and act rich .. or if you have the skills to cook that quality of food or better. and have the family or friends over . that is a type of wealth . the family and friend you want to spend time with and the ability to prepare high quality food ..and the dinning area big enough to have a comfy gathering .

      there are many of these life enhancing skill people can learn and would have had no choice but to learn not to long ago ..

      i guess its a choice do you earn money to live or really live ..or do you live to earn money..thinking one day you may have enough to start really living ..

      honestly a house that is paid off, and cars that are fully paid for . are wealth even if they do not generate income . you need to live some where . and i have heard many stories of rents doubling and tripling or sudden evictions from new owners ..that led to people losing most of their other stuff ..
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  • Profile picture of the author Hindigemshtc
    U can start with hobby when u getting something return make it as career
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  • Profile picture of the author Suraj Ukarde
    If you are planning to grow a career in Internet Marketing its really good
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    • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
      Originally Posted by Suraj Ukarde View Post

      If you are planning to grow a career in Internet Marketing its really good
      I think we have a winner in the Most Insightful Post Ever Made On The Warrior Forum contest.









      (Since Frank's not around, someone has to do it).
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        Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

        I think we have a winner in the Most Insightful Post Ever Made On The Warrior Forum contest.









        (Since Frank's not around, someone has to do it).
        17 posts and 7 thanks. Is it any wonder.
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  • Profile picture of the author NavinJan
    Internet marketing is itself a profession, it becomes your hobby if you working on a regular basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bardwell
    As a career working for a company, you can get a decent salary. The average base salary for a Digital Marketing Manager in the Boston area is $112,257 with the average total compensation which includes bonus, healthcare, and retirement being$122,461.

    If you hustled hard enough and had great systems in place, you certainly could find enough clients for your own business to give you this level of income.

    Digital marketing as a side hustle could give you a nice bit of change each month on top of a job.

    If you are not making any profit or not paying yourself a salary in a business venture, it soon takes on the look of a hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author be4morgan
    I think it is a career, people that work in the digital marketing industry earn money.
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  • Profile picture of the author JeremyShawaf
    I feel in the beginning it was a hobby. To actually profit from it you need time and money. For it to be a career, there is a lot that needs to be done consistently. It also depends on which field of IM you go into.

    A hobby that becomes a consistent way of profiting. I would never use the word career for IM. That may just be me.
    Also, internet marketing is a very loose term. Now, can you live on the profits you make online? Certainly. For it to be consistent, you need to constantly be investing your time and money. I would never call it a career, though. Just a great way of profiting. Now if you're talking about MLM, well that's a whole different ballgame. Personally. I prefer CPA, it can be completely automated with minimal testing and advertising.
    All different types of Internet Marketing have their benefits and shortcomings. Do your research before jumping in head first. Learning about different types of IM is great, that way you can choose what works for you. For me, that was what I was doing as a hobby. Eventually, you can move on to using it to fund your daily needs. Just keep at it and you'll eventually find that you can consistently profit. Goodluck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Xavier1945
    I used to think Internet Marketing as a Hobby but something happened to me in past 2 months which made me realize that Internet Marketing is much more than a hobby.

    So long story short....

    I was searching for a dedicated hosting for my clients. Since, i was unable to find affordable options so i decided to take on Quora and asked few people about the thing i wanted to ask.

    I got a number of answers (most of them were having links to the places they suggested) and some of them were having professional accounts to promote their product online. I chose Hostnoc, a US based web hosting provider because of an answer i got.

    The guy was helpful and answered my long paragraphs questions patiently. And that was the time i realized that it is not just a Hobby, It's a CAREER!!
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  • Profile picture of the author davidlee210
    According to me, it can be both. Internet marketing was my hobby when I have was in college. Now I am working as an internet marketer. I turned my hobby into my career.
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  • Profile picture of the author vinay ilander
    i'm also researching about internet marketing, this conversation helps me little bit about the concern.
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  • Profile picture of the author senrichard112
    It's totally depending on your interest. If you love it you can grow it as your career.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Why do l feel as though Franks return is long overdue?

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  • Profile picture of the author jsofman
    It could be both! For me- at least- it is possible to be both because IM has become such an important part of nearly every career, job, business, and person.

    For example, if you sell products online, and you've struggled to meet the sales that you need. You start marketing your product, and begin to meet your sales expectations. Did you meet those sales because you are a professional seller, or professional marketer? That is when IM is a career.

    Do you like engaging with people, understanding trends, influencing through content, and analyzing how people interact in a physical, or cyber space? It doesn't matter whether you stock shelves at a supermarket, stock your own refrigerator to ensure nothing goes to waste, or stock your website with content to be consumed by others. If you enjoy paying attention to human behavior, engaging, or influencing others, it can be a hobby.

    We're all moving into a phase where there is less distinction between online and offline life. It's an integrated effort for most things these days, and IM will only become more important as we rely more on technology to market ourselves, as well as other businesses, products, and brands.

    To become wealthy, I am focusing on data science because data is the most proven way to understand online human behavior. If you pay attention to how others interact with the internet, it really doesn't matter what you are marketing or selling. The decisions that you make based on that data is what will determine the level of success.
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  • Profile picture of the author SMSCodes
    Multiple streams of IM is what pays the bills and life is good atm ..
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  • Profile picture of the author madaboutdm1719
    Internet Marketing can be a career or a hobby. It is all dependant on the individual's perspective. Let me explain you with examples.

    As a Hobby!

    Suppose you love writing, one can start writing blogs. However, monetizing the blogging website is the next step. If one goes for monetization techniques, then he/she enters the world of internet marketing. Here, an individual can convert a passion into a business. However, doing digital marketing as a hobby for a long term without an end objective will not serve the purpose. But, one can start as a hobby and then optimize.

    As a career!

    When one choose the career as digital marketing, then he/she can pick one of the following:
    To mention a few,

    1. Corporate Job
    2. Start own firm to help other businesses
    3. Start an e-commerce store
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  • I don't believe I was born to just make a living.
    But I do believe I was born to live in abondance.

    One thing that you should be aware of: " If you take it as a hobby, it will be a hobby, but if you take it as a serious business, it will be a serious business."

    To give you an idea, you can not make enough money from the internet unless you treat it as a thruth and I order to live a life of abondance using the internet, you've got to give as much value as possible.
    In other words, you need to stop looking for money but instead start trying to be valuable to the point where no one can ignore you.

    I wish you good luck and much success!
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonbailey
    It depends on the person. For someone, internet marketing is a hobby, and for others, it's a career. When you manage your own business, it's both.
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  • Profile picture of the author dp362pradhan
    If you are looking to generate revenue from Internet Marketing then It's Your career. But If you do as your hobby then after some duration you will get revenue automatically & it becomes your career. Its all depends on your consistency & How much you Updated.
    So stay updated with your knowledge, improve your skills & work consistently.
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  • Profile picture of the author Highest And Best
    For me, I'd have to choose career because it is definitely not a hobby.

    I hesitate calling it a career as well, because IM represents just a part of my business interests. I am also a full time real estate investor / landlord, business coach, as well as online marketer.

    IM makes money.
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    • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
      Originally Posted by Highest And Best View Post

      For me, I'd have to choose career because it is definitely not a hobby.

      I hesitate calling it a career as well, because IM represents just a part of my business interests. I am also a full time real estate investor / landlord, business coach, as well as online marketer.

      IM makes money.
      im can make money
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  • Profile picture of the author simitch
    Mainly this is profession but if you have hobby of marketing then it would make you one of the best marketer in the world. Hope you got it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Talkbrands
    It's a mindset game. As more opportunities unfold, it's likely that a lot of 9-5 jobbers start seeing internet marketing as an easy way out of the drudgery. It isn't. Just like most other jobs, it requires mental and sometimes physical exertion. So, would you treat it as a day job or as a side hustle? The amount of return would definitely be different in either case.
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    • Profile picture of the author waitingforday
      I would start from reading books about subjects such as google adwords and analytics , this ones is like must have for internet marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

    This is the Off Topic forum, so our opinions, at least mine, are like aholes.. everyone has one. Though some may have more than one.

    Personally, I have never tried to make a living with my mine.

    Internet marketing has not made me wealthy albeit I have not tried to make myself wealthy with it. I make a living with it whereas it pays the bills.

    You have to have a plan B when things get tough. Me, I sneak into my wife's purse and hit up the church offering plate.
    Yes, duality is a foregone conclusion, and a mindless windup toy, isn't mutually exclusive.

    Originally Posted by TonyPhelps View Post

    Absolutely totally agree I've had various stabs at it, failed several times but it comes back to mindset and hard work - whatever anyone says it takes time, comittment and some money
    Yep, l have been at it for 10 years, failed for most of those, but learned a lot, and changed tracks more times than l like to mention.

    And while your family might say, what a waste, and you won't get anywhere, they are right if you stop now.

    If you persist and never stop, then good luck tends to catch up with hard work, and applying some of the techniques and methods starts to become more tangible.

    That is if you are a risk the lot, sc**w insurance, and a comfortable retirement in pocket money, for the million plus.

    Originally Posted by Talkbrands View Post

    It's a mindset game. As more opportunities unfold, it's likely that a lot of 9-5 jobbers start seeing internet marketing as an easy way out of the drudgery. It isn't. Just like most other jobs, it requires mental and sometimes physical exertion. So, would you treat it as a day job or as a side hustle? The amount of return would definitely be different in either case.
    Yep opportunities unfold after years of effort, some do it earlier but most don't.

    Read about the founder of Amazon today, (divorce settlement) which he started in his garage in 1994.

    24 years later he owns millions of shares, which is worth, over 252 Billion dollars US.

    24 years of hard work for just over quarter of a trillion, certainly better than 24 years for a new four wheel drive, and a holiday then a gov, handout for life, while you beg and borrow to fix the house and your body.

    I bet in 1994, he wasn't living the high life, while enduring his snickering friends.

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    • Profile picture of the author Odahh
      Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post


      Yep opportunities unfold after years of effort, some do it earlier but most don't.

      Read about the founder of Amazon today, (divorce settlement) which he started in his garage in 1994.

      24 years later he owns millions of shares, which is worth, over 252 Billion dollars US.

      24 years of hard work for just over quarter of a trillion, certainly better than 24 years for a new four wheel drive, and a holiday then a gov, handout for life, while you beg and borrow to fix the house and your body.

      I bet in 1994, he wasn't living the high life, while enduring his snickering friends.

      way to get the story wrong and tell it in a way far from the truth and far from how BEzoz tells it himself and told it 20 years ago ..

      he saw the growth of the internet .. and picket the product he felt was best suited to sell online which was books ..it was never what we consider an internet marketing business .. or what is hinted at on these forums .

      the funny part of the story is that originally Bezoz wanted to cal it cadabra for abracadabra . but it sounded to much like Cadaver ..so he went with amazon .. interesting how both Bezoz and Jack Ma founder of Alibaba ..had magical myths on their mined when naming their companies

      just because many companies do some of the initial work in the house of the founder or the garage does not mean it was founded in the garage ...
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  • Profile picture of the author LEE BYRON
    Better not, you need to spend at least several months before you make a living with full time internet marketing.
    You can take it as your part-time job, then after you would have made your first bunch of money, you may reconsider it.

    I am the sort of person you mentioned who answers the question on Quora, but I am not SAAS company, just as an affiliate marketer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mazvydas Rupsys
    For me it is more like a Hobby or more like a game. It is easier to work when you enjoy doing it. The career comes after you find your point which works and then this Hobby or a game starts to pay off.
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  • Profile picture of the author luciesmazanska
    both at the same time
    for me its a oleasure to create new and new businesses which finally succeed!
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  • Profile picture of the author liya
    This work is difficult, difficult but well paid.
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  • Profile picture of the author Facebookrecruit22
    Idk why anyone would get into IM as a hobby. Much more fun hobbies to do than IM (surfing, playing an instrument, picking up girls, underwater crocheting, whatever you get your fix from).

    I guess you could call a side project/hustle a hobby but that's more like a "fun way to supplement your income".

    IM is a medium and isn't any different from radio, TV, billboards, direct mail, except it can be done on your laptop from anywhere in the world (which is awesome as that makes it more accessible and less risky for people to get into).
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  • Profile picture of the author skylikemake
    It's your personal choice. Internet marketing can earn you thousands of dollars if you learn and work hard
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  • Profile picture of the author Zil Vilis
    It's up to you to decide. If you work hard it will be career otherwise it's hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    i will ask my accountant, when i can afford it
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  • Profile picture of the author DavdBob
    My 2 cents worth.

    The OP seemed to be asking a valid question. I saw others show responses with the same question.

    Best I can say is, just like any career path someone takes there is a lot of preparation, learning curve, a bit of luck of being in the right place at the right time.

    I'm smart enough that I recognized it as a career in 2010. Bought a good product from a good marketer that actually uses the techniques she teaches and started to see some success. Then Google changed the rules and my hundreds of hours of work went down in flames. (Big companies change the rules regularly so what works one month could be a failure the next.) I tried several more products that promised the moon, but were basically all scams or out dated or incomplete. I've spent thousands of hours looking at free stuff as well.

    In 2011 I knew a whole bunch of stuff but could not get the pattern right for any success. Jan 2012, I did something quite by accident and suddenly had some $60-90 commissions drop in my lap right out of the sky.

    I have tinkered and tried many things, much wiser and poorer. Late 2017 still looking for something current and valid I ran across my first repeatable success. Well, sort of. I got a mentor that worked with me a lot and I built a couple websites, got approved to be an Amazon Associate, currently getting traffic from Google and Pinterest. Make maybe $20 a month currently on very tiny commissions that slowly add up. This is all on hundreds of hours of work on my websites. Now I spend as much time replacing dead Amazon links as I do creating new posts. So I am looking for a different method to make my IM living, but it IS my chosen career.

    For me, I know there is a way to do this and maintain my integrity. Also, it is useless but everything you might pay someone to learn is out there on the Internet for free somewhere and lots of people here will tell you to find it and learn that way. I say useless because how does a person that doesn't know what they need, know what free stuff is valid and what is crap. That usually ends in failure. They will likely end up like me where I know tons and tons of stuff about writing articles and posts, websites, hosting, SEO, email marketing, copywriting and whatever, but can't for the life of me figure out which of those things fit together in what way to create a successful income stream.

    I bought a book written by a guy making $200 thousand a month. Yes, he was making millions a year. The month the book was published the primary source of that income changed their policy and it was gone like that. He, retired a multi-millionaire at that point and is living happily ever after instead of selling the method that made him a millionaire. But there are other people out there that have no problem selling you something like that knowing it won't work.

    The hobby/career questions sounds like you have heard from people that also invested into some of those "Guru" types that have no integrity. Their income is from selling a product to gullible(like I was) people, but they don't actually use their methods for their income.

    If you truly want to learn how to do this as a career instead of hobby, you will probably have to invest in a coach/mentor to guide you with plenty of hand holding. But if you wanted to become a Nurse or Engineer, you would have to invest in yourself with money, time, and education just the same.

    Newbies spend bucks to learn, or they don't. The difference is what usually differentiates this from being a hobby and career.
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by DavdBob View Post

      My 2 cents worth.

      The OP seemed to be asking a valid question. I saw others show responses with the same question.

      Best I can say is, just like any career path someone takes there is a lot of preparation, learning curve, a bit of luck of being in the right place at the right time.

      I'm smart enough that I recognized it as a career in 2010. Bought a good product from a good marketer that actually uses the techniques she teaches and started to see some success. Then Google changed the rules and my hundreds of hours of work went down in flames. (Big companies change the rules regularly so what works one month could be a failure the next.) I tried several more products that promised the moon, but were basically all scams or out dated or incomplete. I've spent thousands of hours looking at free stuff as well.

      In 2011 I knew a whole bunch of stuff but could not get the pattern right for any success. Jan 2012, I did something quite by accident and suddenly had some $60-90 commissions drop in my lap right out of the sky.
      Yep, exactly, it takes time to whittle down what works from what doesn't. It took me 6 years to realize that getting consistent traffic is a b***ch, (consistent as in a decent profit, instead of throwing away coins) and staying with sites with their own traffic that can grow indefinitely was the way to go.

      For me, I know there is a way to do this and maintain my integrity. Also, it is useless but everything you might pay someone to learn is out there on the Internet for free somewhere and lots of people here will tell you to find it and learn that way. I say useless because how does a person that doesn't know what they need, know what free stuff is valid and what is crap. That usually ends in failure. They will likely end up like me where I know tons and tons of stuff about writing articles and posts, websites, hosting, SEO, email marketing, copywriting and whatever, but can't for the life of me figure out which of those things fit together in what way to create a successful income stream.
      Over time you will figure out what works and when it is time to ditch it, (l spent 2.5 years building a website, that makes pocket money, and also written articles with similar lame results.

      I bought a book written by a guy making $200 thousand a month. Yes, he was making millions a year. The month the book was published the primary source of that income changed their policy and it was gone like that. He, retired a multi-millionaire at that point and is living happily ever after instead of selling the method that made him a millionaire. But there are other people out there that have no problem selling you something like that knowing it won't work.
      Yep, corporations and the gov, hate it when an easy way is found that is legal that creates wealth, as everyone will gravitate towards it, and not work or pay payroll tax.

      You usually have to think in a way that the working masses do not, to get ahead.

      If you truly want to learn how to do this as a career instead of hobby, you will probably have to invest in a coach/mentor to guide you with plenty of hand holding. But if you wanted to become a Nurse or Engineer, you would have to invest in yourself with money, time, and education just the same.

      Newbies spend bucks to learn, or they don't. The difference is what usually differentiates this from being a hobby and career.
      Yea, gave the flyer business, (have their own traffic) a year, but the numbers failed, then after trying other options ended up with online trading.

      With online trading, no traffic issues, and no dodgy companies, just as long as you keep clear of margin accounts, (and research it). And no income ceiling, IF you manage to make it profitable, which most don't.

      And l have followed a successful trader online, but am starting to break away from his methods and forge my own, with some of those methods being derived from the last 10 years online.

      So winning a few running events, might come in handy one day, if you end up selling sports drinks.

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  • Profile picture of the author roberthull99
    I'm making a living online, it certainly isn't a hobby, since it takes a lot of hard work and determination to succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hailey Park
    Some people started out as a hobby and eventually became their career. I would not take internet marketing career lightly. Internet marketing is an interesting industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anh Quang
    Some people do it because they have a special interest in it, some consider it a job to make money
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    I treat IM as a hobby and a means of paying the bills, not so much in making a career out of it. This is another source of income for me and it's definitely helpful. One path to becoming truly wealthy is to have multiple sources of income.

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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

      How do you make a living without a shirt?
      This is Australia we don't need no, stinkin shirts!

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  • Profile picture of the author neteater
    I started this as career but it turned out to be a passive income source. I now call it a hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author fouziaakhter
    I took Internet Marketing as my Career. I am working with SEO at Upwork and earning $1000 a month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnarcher
    The thought that occurred to me is that the term Internet Marketing is an umbrella term. My best friend makes 20K a year from online auctions. He has no desire to build a larger business, or even a buyers list and would prefer to keep his income under the radar from certain government organizations LOL. It's more than a hobby, but more of a side hustle than a business.
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  • Profile picture of the author SarCol
    For me - it's just instrument for promotion. But some people and even companies do actually this work.
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  • Profile picture of the author fasna areva
    Internet marketing provides one of the best career opportunity for commerce students.it is the best field in IT.this post is very informative, thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author vcss15
    1st start as a hobby, when u start making money then make it ur profession.
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  • Profile picture of the author websolute9696
    Its up to you that how you use it but its better to use Internet marketing as career instead of only use as a hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author sonikhan
    Every one have his own goal and opnioun.for which purpose they want to work on.but i think internet marketing play vital role in our life which give us more experience to promote our business towards a successful one which results in financial help .
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  • Profile picture of the author ifmcinstitute
    Started internet marketing as a hobby and then when you better know how to use it make it a carreer.
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  • Profile picture of the author blackiyto
    I took Internet Marketing as my Career.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillBlue
    Having been on internet marketing for one Year, I can testify that I have had several checks paid to me and I am still getting support from my mentors. I think you should have a mentor who is willing to help. if you have not got one ask people here for a recommendation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kate K
    It all depends on how it relates. Any hobby that brings income and pleasure can be a great opportunity to build a career.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Hunsons
    It can be both in my opinion.
    Of course if you do it for your commercial website it becomes not just hobby.
    But I know people who would do this for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Donald Cassey
    Totally depends upon the person interest. Some people do internet marketing as their main source of income and other do it for their personal entertain.
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  • Profile picture of the author msulcs
    It's a Hobby until you're leaving your day job and doing online marketing as a full-time job.
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  • Profile picture of the author delizzia
    Interesting topic! Thank you for initiating this - from my point of view, IM is as much as you let it be. You can either make a full-time job out of it, or simply use it as a side-business. For example I am still in the university and I use IM as a combo between hobby and income source.

    Wish you all the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author Davidtaylor
    Well, it depends upon what kinda business you are in.
    Some take it as just a hobby whereas for others it can be a fulltime business.
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  • Profile picture of the author waitingforday
    There is no definite answer to this question. Internet marketing is a really serious business. And in order for this business to become successful (like any other), you need to make this a hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author TrumanMills
    For some it may be a hobby. But there is no doubt about it being a proper career or a job. There are people earning a five and even six figure income from internet marketing.

    Now a six figure income can not be just a hobby. I't a full fledged career.
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  • Profile picture of the author mkensington
    Hobby/business/pension? I dunno, bit of all really. I have built a small business with good recurring income and just got my tax figures from accountant and turned over $100k and adwords got $17k. I also have a couple of SEO clients on retainers - I am 73 years young. I started my current business 8 yrs ago at 65. You need a bit of luck and a lot of persistence.
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  • Profile picture of the author violettetillman
    It started out as a hobby for me, now it is my full time job.

    Most people make the mistake of thinking it is easy to make money from internet marketing. It is far from easy and usually takes a lot of time and work to succeed, but the rewards are worth it, for me at least.
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  • both I believe
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  • Profile picture of the author Adeshks
    Internet Marketing is booming industry. Take this Internet Marketing as hobby and soon you will see huge changes in your skills.
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  • Profile picture of the author kashioz
    I have never looked at this as a hobby. As a freelancer, I have many other writing venues, but I am now interested in Internet Marketing as a potential career or at least as a very good part time job to supplement my income. I know it is going to take time to accomplish this, but I am determined and happy doing it. I need to be more creative iin how I approach this business, so I am working on that.

    LinkHeros,
    How did you make the transition from hobby to career? Was it difficult? What path did you choose? I could use any suggestions you may have to give. I am just getting started, but I am taking monetizing my blogs and products/services very seriously.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Just checking in again; still a career for me
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  • Profile picture of the author Sinclar
    The best work it is your hobby....)
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  • Profile picture of the author calvinmd1
    Its a hobby is you are a content creator and you make money by driving traffic to your content then then it can be a hobby but if you just run paid ads to a landing page to get sales then its more of a business then a hobby.
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  • I am beyond scrollin' through this schwango for meaningful insights.

    Seems we got a chimera/shibboleth combo of a post real certain where its downhome place in the IRL world is at -- hence alla the shimmyin' around.

    That ansa the original question?

    ALL DEPENDS UPON WHETHER THE OP DIED WHILE EVERYONE WAS BUSILY ENGAGED IN SQUIRTING OFF IN A PROTO-IMMACULATE FASHION, O PRINCESS

    Is that a thing rn?


    Furthest I got so far with the fyooture is yoga, a banana, an' mebbe an open mind on all potential fluxiture happnin' in the cosmos.
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  • Profile picture of the author ScarletBrown
    Internet marketing is a good career choice. It is the trending profession right now. Every business needs marketing. So I think it is good as a career choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author salzingale
    In U.S., IRS defines a hobby as any activity earning less than 5,000 dollars a year, but as soon as you earn more than 600 dollars, you are required to let them know about your budding hobby income. More than likely any related expenses for this hobby exceed any income until you are above 5,000 a year.

    IF IM is your job and you like it, then you may decide to make it a career.

    And for all else, IM is something you will realize, become aware of and use effectively when you attempt to sell anything online, whether you like it or not, regardless if it is a hobby or career, otherwise you will sell very little or nothing at all.

    Hobbies are and should stay enjoyable. While a job or career may not be enjoyable, it pays the bills and hopefully leaves you time to enjoy a hobby!
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  • Profile picture of the author clairedivas056
    yes internet marketing is a carier but more than a hobby of me. i would to improved my internet marketing carier day by day.
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  • Profile picture of the author thereikid
    You can make a living with it. But the mindset and willingness to grow and change are more important than any products you sell.
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  • Profile picture of the author fastmover
    Originally Posted by coctien12 View Post

    I wanted to get everyone's opinion and stories on whether Internet Marketing is a Career or Hobby for you? Can you seriously make a living off of Internet Marketing? And if so which would be your tried and true path to become wealthy?
    For me it is both
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  • Profile picture of the author dmrson
    Internet marketing doesn't exist in a vacuum it's reliant on having a service or product or monetization method that is viable. Many internet marketers with a viable website product, service etc have become multi-millionaires therefore to answer your question, yes it can indeed be a career
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  • Profile picture of the author raghav bansal
    Internet marketing is definitely a career for me. I make a good living with internet marketing. It actually started as a hobby at first but after knowing more about it, it got really interesting for me and I wanted to know about internet marketing as much as I could.

    Currently, I work as an affiliate marketer as well as a digital marketing trainer and just want to mention that I make a good amount of money every year that pays off my bills as well as expenses for my traveling, fun activities and hobbies.

    In my experience, the true path to becoming wealthy is to achieve excellence. It has worked for me it might work for you too.
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  • Profile picture of the author sherys
    It depends what you want out of it and how much work you are prepared to do.

    Most of the time it takes a while to start earning anything online and it also
    depends what type of business you get into.

    Some people don't have much time to put into it, so it will take a lot longer
    even though they are trying to build a business and not just a hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ngockieu
    It all depends on the person. Some do it as a career while other do it as a hobby first then it becomes their career. Yes, you can make a living out of it but not everyone can do this.
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  • Profile picture of the author billel medjdoubi
    It started out as a hobby for me, now it is my full time job.
    Most people make the mistake of thinking it is easy to make money from internet marketing. It is far from easy and usually takes a lot of time and work to succeed, but the rewards are worth it, for me at least. Lucky Patcher 9Apps VidMate
    It will be a hobby in the beginning. Like pretty much everything in life, when you start out internet marketing will be very hard. It is one of those hobbies where you'll think it's easy to make a lot of money, mainly because of what you see on the web. A lot of articles write about this, and how it's so easy to make it your full time job. It is not and you will be very lucky if it becomes that. But if you manage to make it, which will take a long time and you'll have to invest some money, it will be worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sulelechat
    Internet Marketing is one of the largest industry on the internet. As a result, it is a good career to earn decent living which has produced a number of millionaires and billionaires.
    However, it is also an hubby if you choose to make extra income.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rendition
    For me it started as part time freelance work in college. Now it is a career and scaling every month. I think the answer to all of this is whether or not you have the drive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Arya Saleh
    Internet marketing is a very serious business, and must be taken care serious too. People who very successful in this business, always build their asset -> the list of their customer.
    People who treat internet marketing as hobby, well, they never succeed in making massive income and passive income.
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  • Profile picture of the author paidant
    Hello warriors,

    I have seen this question many times even had the same thing in mind at the beginning of my career, to be honest. So I have seen many interesting answers for this and I agreed with a lot of them.

    Here is my take on this. It can be both. Let me keep it simple and explain this to you. As a career, it is certainly an interesting field and has a lot of growth potential and in fact one of the most in-demand roles. As a hobby, It just comes in handy to know the basics considering the era that we are in now. you can start any business of your own with more confidence if you have some knowledge of internet marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sharook Areva
    Internet marketing or digital marketing is a hobby and now its a job for me this comment is for my job.
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    • Profile picture of the author AliceGrey
      I think if a person is familiar with internet from childhood and using internet is a passion for him/her then they can make a career through this skill. I am happy that you and me doing same job.
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  • Profile picture of the author vasskachk
    I believe that in order for your career to bring you profit (and pleasure) work must become your hobby. It is necessary to work not only during work, but to live by work. That is to spend much more time.
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  • Profile picture of the author teny areva
    of course internet marketing is a career to me, its not that easy to rank in google to make it a hobby it takes a lot of effort and hard work to get us notified by everyone in internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author sreerag areva
    I am not considering internet marketing is not just a hobby for me.
    I seriously considering it is my profession.Its my dream i try my level best to become expert in internet markting.
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  • Profile picture of the author tobinjohny
    Yes, I additionally do consider you. net selling additionally wants a similar time and resources
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  • Profile picture of the author BrownJames
    Some peoples use internet marketing as a career and some are hobby. It depends on our own choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author andyreed270
    For it's a hobby. I've never made a living off that or maybe I'm just bad at it. That's why I decided not to pursue it. But it could be different to others.
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  • Profile picture of the author emosby1198
    It highly depends on how much you want to make out of internet marketing. If its a career or hobby that is entirely dependent on who is pursuing it and how passionate are they about the field. If you wish to pursue it you can very well turn into a full-fledged profession.
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  • Gotta wonder why Warrior Forum dropped this baby into Aaaff Taaahpic.

    All we do round here is meander beyond all sensibility in ways that self-evidently proclaim our idiosycratic miraculature, yet sametimes cast all as pearls before swine.

    Like ... sumtimes we talk 'bout OZ SPIDAHS so HUGE an' VICIOUS an' ALL OVAH YOUR FRICKIN' STREET they gonna BITE THE TITS offa YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY.

    An' yet ... we do so PLAYFULLY, like it kinda a HOBBY -- while the REAL SRS CROWD down ovah under at MIND WARRIORS be thinkin' they squirt GENIUS JUICE on a kinda Diarrhea Savant ticket jus' for loggin' on.

    Thing is, my understandin' 'bout the entire whole WF platform is how Internet Marketin' is so surefire a CAREER you can BUST THE SH*T ON OUTTA ( hence the WAR ROOM an' alla the OFFAHZ), it is beyond conjecture that the OP be presentin' you with THE ULTIMATE in yeah, so we WF, an' we real srs 'bout IM Stuffs, so c'mon... kinda opportoonities.

    Anyways, we down in the depths with this baby now, snortin' efflooent between us like trooly deprived suckahs got nuthin' else to live for, so prolly it time for the yoozywl suspects to show an' derail this f*cker offa its ass.

    Ain't been around for a coupla days, so where we at rn with how the world spinnin' headlong into oblivion less'n GOOBER CENTRAL looks us all up for Way Cool Smarts?

    tbh, what I wanna see here rn is kittens dancin' in crocheted panties!

    How their evocatively insta-friendly visyools spin on a weirdsy roll between what is evolootionarily possible for felines ... & the stoopid stuffs we make 'em do to inflooence potential morons!

    Gotta hope if'n the OP discovers THE SWAMP into which their heartfelt question now be PLUNGED, mebbe they take heart from the range of COLORFUL BIKINIS, UNDERWATER RUBBERWEAR, an' life-savin' BREATHIN' APPARATUS kinda keeps this sub-ballast nuthinplace afloat.
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  • Profile picture of the author parker55
    It depends if you love internet marketing as hobby you can make it your career to go beyond the expectations and can do wonders. Do what you love
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  • Profile picture of the author williamlucas
    It depends upon person to person for some it is a hobby and for some, it is a career. I think it is upto a person who can decide for himself. For me, it would be a career because i know i have to put my time and energy.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlazeSEO
    for me it is a mix of both?
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  • Profile picture of the author Monica8297
    Well for many people its a hobby besides they treat it like a hobby .personally have big dreams and with IM i have a chance to make it come true .
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  • Profile picture of the author EmiliaWalker
    Internet marketing can be a career also. You can do freelancing with the job also. Internet marketing is the always must for any business.
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    • Profile picture of the author AliceGrey
      Yes you are right. many people doing freelancing jobs on internet. Today many people making their career through internet marketing. I am also doing freelancing at many platforms.
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    I use it as a marketing tool for some marketing campaigns. For me it is not a full time career or a hobby, Especially not a hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Wilspat
    It's my career. Stated a year before. Learnt digital marketing course.
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  • Profile picture of the author medil0ne
    Why you thought it would be a hobby?!
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  • Profile picture of the author luciesmazanska
    Internet marketing could be a hobby or full-time profession, there are many people making huge money by posting videos on youtube and other social media. There are many people who make huge money out of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marinad
    it is my hobby)
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  • Profile picture of the author Web Riderz
    Well, no doubt it is the most challenging and creative field to work with. When I started working in this niche it was only a career for me but now if I do not search, post or interact with its activities I feel lost. Certainly it has become my hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author jithin kannan
    Internet marketing is a job for a marketing through google ,social media ,and others . This is not a hobby we get more details in internet marketing in youtube or tutorials in google.
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  • Profile picture of the author AliceGrey
    Hi Everyone! Hope you all are doing well. First of i want to say that the question you put is very interesting and helpful. My Answer is that if your hobby is using Internet then you can make it your career. Just Like Doing Digital Marketing (SE0). Internet Marketing is a great career. You can do different jobs on internet. Like you can do Digital Marketing, Provide Server Hosting Gizmoservers and many other work. So at the end Internet Marketing Is a hobby and you have to switch it to your career.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom189
    I've been doing I.M for over 10 years now, started when I was 16 and still in School, loved it then and still love it now. I look at all the paths my friends went down and look back on my own life without too many regrets.



    One thing is, there isn't anything else I would rather do for a living, I love the freedom I.M provides.


    So for me, a career.
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    • Profile picture of the author AliceGrey
      Great! Keep it up!
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas9
    its both !!!
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  • Profile picture of the author steviG
    It will be a hobby in the beginning. Like pretty much everything in life, when you start out internet marketing will be very hard. It is one of those hobbies where you'll think it's easy to make a lot of money, mainly because of what you see on the web. A lot of articles write about this, and how it's so easy to make it your full time job. It is not and you will be very lucky if it becomes that. But if you manage to make it, which will take a long time and you'll have to invest some money, it will be worth it.


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  • Profile picture of the author rich9933
    It is not a hobby in any sort. People quit their 9-5 jobs so they can do this full time to support their family and other expenses.

    It takes the right mindset and affiliate program and mentorship to be successful in internet marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Originally Posted by rich9933 View Post

      It is not a hobby in any sort. People quit their 9-5 jobs so they can do this full time to support their family and other expenses.

      It takes the right mindset and affiliate program and mentorship to be successful in internet marketing.

      Assuming and proposing that Internet marketing is only about affiliate products and mentorship is as ignorant as assuming that it's a hobby (or a full time job), and not something which is utterly subjective - which it is.

      The consolation is that you aren't ignorant, since that information was simply contributed to suit your agenda.
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  • Profile picture of the author Samfakroon
    Internet Marketing is a Business like any other business, those who take internet marketing as hobby quit very soon. Unless you treat this as a business internet marketing will not give you results. There is no magic method that will make you cash online over night. the sooner you accept that fact the better for you. Again internet marketing is a longterm business and you reap your results much later.
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  • Profile picture of the author luckysinghintel
    you can earn money through digital marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author ramsharma
    Yes, I also do agree with you. Internet Marketing also needs the same time and resources.
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  • Profile picture of the author prospermanyevere
    You can make a living with internet marketing it doesn't have boundaries or boarders where you can advertise on the location
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  • Profile picture of the author Kelly Stewart
    I believe it could be both, depending on your goals and dreams. For me its a career, I call it my job though it's fun like a hobby. If you treat it like a job and work on it every day you can make as much money as you want but if you treat it like a hobby and plot along every now and then and you're happy to make a bit of money on the side then you can do that also. x
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  • Profile picture of the author oghenk
    a career for me. I'll resign from my job sometime.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobmarleyking
    internet marketing is real need of the time for anything which exist on internet either its a business or some kind of social, interests, your own achievements, because we like to express to get raised in community and marketing for something will give you some rewards in many ways. So we can make it consider in career.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tmt Aba
    Yes, Internet marketing a career
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  • Profile picture of the author William Prawira
    This is my first post since....(forget when I last posted).


    Truth to be told, Internet marketing can generate enough income, and even can accumulate wealth. You will need to spend fairly long hours to learn the curve, and start to earn some decent amount of money.


    This shouldn't be treated as a scam / sell something useless to people, as it will damage your reputation in a long run.



    As any other Job, the reason why I was away for a long time, is that I have an offer which pays out better than what I'm getting out of internet marketing.


    If you really want to go into internet marketing, forget about all the hype, because those are the thing that marketers want you to feel, so that you can start buying their product (mostly on IM stuffs). Take your time learning, and start something small, unless you have big pockets to spend.


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  • Profile picture of the author 1claire
    On my perspective, I feel like it started out as a hobby and then it becomes a career.

    Most people make the mistake of thinking it is easy to make money from internet marketing. It is far from easy and usually takes a lot of time and work to succeed. You have to continuously learn and adapt to changes.
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  • Profile picture of the author rayholt
    That's like asking is auto racing a career or a hobby.

    Ask a Formula 1 driver... and my guess is you'll know their answer before they respond. Ask the weekend racer that occasionally attends track days, and they'll have a different answer and perspective.

    What are your goals? What are you willing to sacrifice to be successful with it. How long do you plan on doing this for? This will determine for YOU if it's simply a hobby or a career.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ossai Ojie
    To most people it's definitely a career,as you know one have to beat the rat race system.
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  • Profile picture of the author clairedivas056
    I realy like internet marketing in my career its my hobby and i agree with you.
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  • Profile picture of the author vamaya foods
    internet marketing is a good career if you focus on it you can achieve many things you want
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  • Profile picture of the author Tehseenmahmood
    Start it with hobby then make it your career.
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